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Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
we are joined by michigan democratic congressman. thank you for being here today. we are learning that negotiations have hit a major setback over a republican offer that includes entitlement changes. what exactly you hearing? >> i'm hearing just that. i think that the decision by senator mcconnell to bring up chain cpi is not a helpful step. it will effect the benefits for social security recipients. also for veterans, also for those on disability. so in a word i think it is not a step forward. i think they need to essentially drop that. i think what needs to happen is they focus on the middle class tax cuts. there are going to be millions and millions affected by that, the same with the tax. i think the republicans simpry have to accept the notion that middle class tax cuts must continue while those for the upper income must end. that is the basic issue. i think throwing in cpi at this point is not helpful. >> senate minority leader said he reached out to the vice president. we have heard that he has a better relationship with joe biden than the president himself. do you think th
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